Quincy, MA
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Quincy is a larger medium-sized coastal city (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of Massachusetts. With a population of 94,580 people and 20 constituent neighborhoods, Quincy is the eighth largest community in Massachusetts. Quincy has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic cities in the country.

Housing costs in Quincy are among some of the highest in the nation, although real estate prices here don't compare to real estate prices in the most expensive communities in Massachusetts.

Quincy is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 87.61% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Quincy is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Quincy who work in office and administrative support (12.90%), management occupations (9.41%), and business and financial occupations (9.32%).

Also of interest is that Quincy has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

One thing that you will notice about Quincy is that there is a good-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. Many singles consider Quincy a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

One of the nice things about Quincy is that it is nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Because of this, visitors and locals will often go to these areas to take in the scenery or to enjoy waterfront activities.

One downside of living in Quincy is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Quincy, the average commute to work is 35.63 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average. On the other hand, local public transit is widely used in the city, so leaving the car at home and taking transit is often a viable alternative. In addition, it is also a pedestrian-friendly city. Many of Quincy’s neighborhoods are dense enough and have amenities close enough together that people find it feasible to get around on foot.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Quincy use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Quincy‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

The education level of Quincy ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Quincy, 43.71% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate degree.

The per capita income in Quincy in 2010 was $38,631, which is middle income relative to Massachusetts, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $154,524 for a family of four. However, Quincy contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Quincy is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Quincy home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Quincy residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Quincy include Irish, Italian, English, German, and French.

Quincy also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 31.25%.

The most common language spoken in Quincy is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Vietnamese.